Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
English Setter, Portrait of Lou Brown's Dog
signed and inscribed "To my friend/ Louis Brown / Frederic Remington" lower right
oil on canvas mounted on board, 21 by 28 in.
Among the best-known and most accomplished American artists, Frederic Remington got his start as an artist at the Yale School of Fine Arts. His father, a well-known newspaper publisher from Upstate New York, died after Remington's first year and so he left school to travel and work in the West. Throughout the next several years, he worked as a cowboy, rancher, lumberjack, gold miner, and, for a brief period, he owned a hardware store and a saloon. All the while, he produced sketches and illustrations that he shipped back to New York City. Remington found a ready market as Harpers Weekly, Outing Magazine, and Scribners, all consistently published his work. He also illustrated full-length books, among them Theodore Roosevelt's Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail and the novel Oregon Trail by Frances Parkman.
Alternating between the harsh life of the West and working in Brooklyn, New York, where he had access to his clients and a foundry to cast his sculpture, Remington was able to support himself and his wife. The quality of the artwork he produced during his twenty-five year career has made him one of the most historically significant artists in America's history.
Brown's prized English Setter was transported to Remington's studio in New Rochelle, New York to have his portrait painted. The artist vividly captures the attentiveness of an alert hunting companion, as well as the feathered quality of the dog's fur. Louis Brown, to whom this painting was gifted by the artist as a wedding present, also owned the edition of the bronze Bronco Buster, now in the collection of the Huntington Library in California.
This painting was examined and approved by the Remington Examination Committee at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming in 2018 .
Provenance: Louis Brown and Lulu Brown, New York, New York, gifted from the artist
Margaret Eaton Brown Fleming, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, daughter of the above
Louis Brown Fleming and wife Jean Tarr Fleming, Los Angeles, California, son of the above
Estate of Margaret Eaton Brown Fleming, Pasadena, California
Private Collection, Pasadena, California, by descent from the above
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